BENGALURU: Dead fish continued to float in Chinnappanahalli lake near Marathahalli on Sunday as well. However, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) still remains in denial.
BBMP chief engineer (lakes) Satish said that dead fish in the lake is a rumour as he had visited the lake on June 9 and the lake was flourishing as ever.
“It is a false story. I had visited the lake and did not see any dead fish in the lake,” he said.
Ravi, a resident who had been to the lake on Sunday morning said, “How can they deny the fish deaths? It is happening right in front of our eyes. Despite informing them, no action has been taken.”
Although the BBMP official remained in denial about the incident, Puneet Prakash, a resident said, “I spoke to BBMP AEE of the area and he accepted that due to decrease in oxygen levels in the lake the fish deaths happened. They were aware of the situation from last two days. Apparently they got an aerator but they could not install it. They will be doing it on Monday.”
This is not the first time such an incident fish deaths. In fact, around 13 times, the city lakes have witnessed fish deaths.
Environmentalist Yellappa Reddy points out, “The reason for fish deaths is deficiency of oxygen in the lake. Besides, the sewage water carries all kinds of chemicals which would have eventually led to their deaths.”
Officials at the fisheries department blame BWSSB for letting sewage into the lake. BWSSB passes on the blame to residents for not setting up sewage treatment plants in apartments despite notices.